Robert Covington is in the Rockets plans for next season, but a lot could change before then, tweets Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. Only $150,000 of Covington’s $816,482 salary is guaranteed, and it could be on the chopping block if Houston needs the space to sign one of their free agent targets. Here’s more from around the Southwest Division:
- Mavs owner Mark Cuban told 103.3 FM ESPN Dallas that his team will be aggressive in free agency, but won’t be offering max contracts to anyone (transcription via Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com).
- Cuban added that Mavs coach Rick Carlisle is one of the biggest draws to Dallas for prospective players. “Rick has got the skill set and we’ve got veteran guys who know how to implement offensive and defensive strategies that really give us a unique opportunity. That’s something that very few teams can say,” said Cuban. “If you look at other teams with cap room and then you just look at their coach and if they’ve made the playoffs, you look at how their playoff runs went, you’re not looking at them and saying, ‘Wow, that team really …’ I don’t want to throw anybody under the bus, but their coaches are not as good as Rick Carlisle.”
- The Spurs selection of Kyle Anderson does not indicate that San Antonio is planning for life without free-agent-to-be Boris Diaw, according to Jeff McDonald of The San Antonio Express-News (Twitter links). McDonald projects Anderson as likely to go on frequent assignments to the Spurs D-League affiliate this coming season.